AK-47: Presidency releases video of Buhari’s shoot-on-sight order

Published March 11, 2021

Kayode Oyero

The Presidency , on Thursday , released a video showing the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , ordering security agents to shoot on sight , any civilian seen with AK -47 rifle.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , said on March 3 , 2021 that his principal gave specific orders to military commanders to shoot any civilian bearing AK -47 rifle.
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While some Nigerians including Benue State Governor , Samuel Ortom , had commended the President for issuing the order , other persons like the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, said Buhari should have handed down the order himself.
Perhaps to dissipate doubt , the Presidency through its official Twitter handle , @NGRPresident , on Thursday , released a 14 -second video clip showing the President issuing the order .
In the clip , the President said , “ Anybody with AK -47 should be shot because AK -47 is supposed to be registered and it is only given to security officials .”
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Of late , there have been serious concerns over the activities of AK -47 -brandishing herdsmen terrorising parts of the country , especially the South -West zone .
The Benue State governor and his Bauchi State counterpart , Bala Mohammed, had clashed recently on whether herders should wield AK – 47 or not. Mohammed had said the herders use the rifles for self -defence while Ortom disagreed that the herders use the weapons to wreak havoc on host communities . The two governor of the Peoples Democratic Party, however , resolved the issue and embraced peace .

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— Presidency Nigeria (@ NGRPresident ) March 11 , 2021http://https : / / t . co / aGKHdKHSJm
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